MIT Spin-Out Reports Metabolic Engineering Breakthrough

In Cambridge, MIT spin-out Manus Bio is using multivariate modular metabolic engineering to design microbial pathways that produce larger volumes of commercially interesting compounds. MMME...

Italian company swaps casket for organic burial pod

In Italy, Capsula Mundi has introduced organic burial pods for those who wish to have a green funeral. The deceased is placed in the...

Cosmetics JV Between Amyris and Nikkol Begins Operations

In Japan, cosmetics ingredients firm Nikkol has finalized the formation of its 50-50 joint venture with Amyris. The JV, dubbed Apprinova, was first announced in...

Organic Plus SP controls zoospores

In Canada, Bionetix International reports positive field testing results for a fungicidal biostimulant based on humic and fulvic acids, rhamnolipids, marine plants, and micronutrients. Organic...

Evonik acquires METabolic EXplorer’s methionine technology for €45 million

In Germany, Evonik Industries will acquire METabolic EXplorer’s technology for producing the amino acid methionine via fermentation for €45 million. Under the terms of the...

Taiwanese startup develops sugar-based straws

In Taiwan, a startup has developed a straw alternative based on sugarcane waste. 100% Plants, founded by Huang Chien-chung, uses simple chemical methods to turn...

Indian startup looks to make a dent in country’s plastic waste crisis

In India, startup EnviGreen is looking to mitigate India’s growing problem of plastic waste in waterways by developing a biodegradable, edible bag for food...

AVA-CO2 spins out 5-HMF firm

In Switzerland, AVA-CO2 Schweiz AG has created a new subsidiary to take over its biobased 5-hydroxymethylfurfural activities, effective immediately. AVALON Industries will handle application...

Healthy Choice frozen entrees to switch to plant-based packaging

In Chicago, Conagra Foods, the food company behind the popular frozen entrées Healthy Choice, says it will be replacing plastic with microwave-safe serving bowls...

Shrimp Shell Plastic Could Help Address Egypt’s Trash Problem

In the United Kingdom, University of Nottingham engineering professor Nicola Everitt is turning discarded shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic bags. Everitt is specifically targeting the...

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